Cory Morlock , an Academy School District 20 advisor and TV producer, has been named "a rising star" by the national Journalism Education Association.
The award is presented to those who have one to five years experience teaching or advising and "demonstrate a commitment to journalism education and show promise as up and coming advisors."
Morlock, with Academy 20 since 2008, is a producer for 20TV, a 15-minute weekly broadcast where students learn to direct, produce and perform. He was instrumental in converting the program into a news broadcast.
"I'm excited. I was nominated and went through the application process but didn't think I would receive it, with all the other great advisors," he said.
He and 13 others will receive awards in April at the association's conference in San Diego.
Morlock previously was a producer, reporter and photographer at Fox 21 morning news locally, and CBS and NBC affiliates in Fargo, N.D.
He said of his move to education, "I like the variety and being able to take what I learned in the news business and pass it on to students." He noted that the D-20 graduates often transfer into college broadcast journalism at the junior or senior level.
20TV is the only broadcast program to receive the All-Colorado Award for Broadcast Excellence from the Colorado High School Press Association in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, according to the district website.
Three other Colorado educators were among the 14 rising star honorees: Melissa Larson, Mesa Middle School, Castle Rock; Jessica Leifheit, Castle View High School, Castle Rock, and Adam Dawkins, Regis Jesuit High School, Aurora.